Brought up on music recorded by legendary artists like Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George Jones, it's little wonder Wade Hayes has such a feel for their style of country music. On this 1995 debut album, Old Enough to Know Better, Hayes offers up some impressive honky tonk numbers, three of which he helped pen: "I'm Still Dancin' With You," "It's Gonna Take a Miracle," and the title track and number one hit "Old Enough to Know Better." Three other songs from the recording also hit the charts in the Top Ten. One listen and music fans will understand why this album landed so many hits and went gold for the young singer. Don Cook, who has worked with award-winning artists like Brooks & Dunn and the Mavericks, served as producer on this debut, though he didn't do so with a heavy hand and left young Hayes in control of his music. Cook did write or co-write some of the tunes for the album, such as "Don't Make Me Come to Tulsa," "Kentucky Bluebird," "What I Meant to Say," and "Steady As She Goes." Wade Hayes is a talented singer and songwriter. Combined with Don Cook at the controls, the music on this album is the kind country fans will enjoy listening to over and over.
AllMusic Review by Charlotte Dillon